He will bring me out to the light; I shall see his vindication. Micah 7:9
Ananias went and entered the house. He laid his hands on Saul and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 9:17
I have often thought that if God could change Saul to Paul, he could use anyone to better his purpose for us in this life and to prepare us to join him after we pass from this earth. The Lord came to Ananias in a vision and told Ananias to go to Saul to heal Saul’s eyesight. Saul had quite a reputation, and Ananias answered God’s request, “ Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints in Jerusalem; and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who invoke your name." (Acts 9:13-14) Nevertheless, the Lord persisted, and, of course, Ananias did as the Lord had requested. When Ananias entered the house where Saul was, he laid his hands on Saul’s and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 9:17) Saul regained his sight; he became baptized; he took the name Paul; and he then became a disciple of Christ.
Micah was a prophet also. He helped Israel through difficult times to bring God’s people from the objects of God’s judgments for their wrongs to learning of God’s compassion and steadfast love.
How often God used ordinary people to speak the extraordinary truths of his plan for each of his children. Paul in his writings expanded our understanding of God’s word. He also taught much about God’s acceptance of each of us if we accept him as our Lord and Savior. Few could have all of the troubles Paul faced in his lifetime. Yet Paul was steadfast in his faith and continued to guide people no matter whether he was writing from prison, speaking in a village, or talking in synagogues. God does indeed work in mysterious ways his wonders to perform.
May you feel the hand of God upon you as you move through whatever comes your way today, tomorrow, and in the days to come.
Dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,
Thank you for your steadfast promise of light no matter what darkness each of us may face. Help us to be patient and never lose hope in your plan for each one of us. Help each of us to remember that we will see your light again even during the darkest of times. Empower each of us to pray for hope for those who are in a dark place in their lives. Amen.